Visit sheds light on Temburong farms, tourism

Hakim Hayat

To learn more on the functions and progress of agricultural, fisheries and tourism commercial areas in Temburong District, 16 Legislative Council (LegCo) members yesterday visited several companies, as part of a continuation from their visit last Thursday hosted by the Ministry of Primary Resources and Tourism (MPRT).

The LegCo delegation, accompanied by Minister of Primary Resources and Tourism Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Ali bin Haji Apong, first visited a 27-hectare fruit farm at the Labu Estate Agricultural Development Area (KKP), ODE Aquaculture & Agriculture Co.

Commencing operations in 2018, the company was initially offered five hectares of land under a pilot project.

This was later expanded to help the company grow its farming activities.

The delegation later visited paddy farming company Perusahaan Kemikit at the KKP Lekiun that runs a six-hectare farm cultivating local paddy varieties since 1980.

Sinaran Suria Company, a tiger prawn and freshwater fish farm, was also part of the LegCo members’ itinerary in Kampong Batu Apoi.

Minister of Primary Resources and Tourism Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Ali bin Haji Apong during the visit. PHOTOS: MPRT
Legislative Council members and other officials during the visit

Since 2004, the farm on a 0.8 hectare land has 24 ponds.

It has increased production to over 3,000kg in 2018. The delegation also visited Eco-Agro Farm, a fruit farm at KKP Bekarut operated on a 10-hectare land; and also Loong Ji (B) Sdn Bhd at KKP Selangan, also a 20-hectare fruit farm.

The LegCo members visited a farm managed by local youth Tini binti Ahmad through the Youth Farmer Programme, jointly initiated by the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports and MPRT.

Tini recently commenced the cultivation of chili and other varieties on a one hectare land. Apart from her, two other local youth from Temburong are also managing a two-hectare land under a similar programme.

The visit concluded at popular eco-tourism destination, Sumbiling Eco Village in Mukim Amo. The community based business focusses on sustainable services that is nature, social, cultural and economic centric and provides jobs to locals in the area.

According to the MPRT, yesterday’s visit was also aimed at giving the LegCo members more understanding towards the involvement of locals in agriculture, aquaculture and tourism, whether in single entities or joint ventures and also job opportunities for locals.

The visit will continue on Thursday with a visit to agricultural zones in Tutong.